On behalf of the Mississippi Charter Schools Association, Mississippi First subgrants $25,500 to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board

We’ve gotten a few questions about recent reports that we gave $25,500 to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board. Please see below for a press release about the subgrant and its purposes. ### PRESS RELEASE Mississippi First MacKenzie Stroh Director of Communications mackenzie@mississippifirst.org 662.743.4055 On…

Charter Schools: Authorizing Board Nominations Complete

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves has announced his three nominees for the Public Charter School Authorizing Board.  With these nominations, all seven seats on Mississippi’s lone charter school authorizer have been filled, pending Senate approval.  Other nominations were made by Governor Bryant (3 nominations) and State…

Charter Schools: How Bills Become Laws…and Zombies

As many of you know, several weeks ago, the House let its version of charter legislation (HB888) die on the calendar. SB2401, the Senate’s charter bill which was substantially similar to HB888, was defeated in the House Ed Committee last week by a vote of…

Charter School Policy Update (3/23/12)

A great deal of activity has taken place on the charter school issue here in the Magnolia State.  Below is a brief rundown of what’s been going on: Legislation HB888, the House version of the “Mississippi Public Charter School Act of 2012,” is officially dead….

Common Concerns About Charter Schools

Mississippi’s charter school debate, which has been very contentious for several years, has recently intensified due to the increased likelihood that a more robust charter bill will soon become law.  The debate is deeply rooted in differences surrounding education policy and generations of racial and…